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What is Materials Engineering?

Materials Science and Engineering is a confluence of chemistry, physics, biology and engineering mathematics. Here, you will master the basic structure and properties of various materials and understand how they can be designed, processed and modified to enhance their performance to suit specific industry needs. You will be engineering revolutionary materials that push the frontiers of science!


Why Materials Engineering?

The School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is a world leader in Materials Engineering, having offered the degree programme since 1991. It is consistently ranked top 3 in world rankings for Materials Science in QS World Universities Ranking by subject and U.S. News Best Global Universities Ranking. 

With an integrated science-driven and application-oriented engineering education in advanced materials, we firmly believe that your journey in MSE will enrich you beyond the boundaries of specialised knowledge, equipping you with skills that accelerate the learning curve in your future career. Come and experience a fulfilling and enriching journey with us!



Ready to make a difference in diverse industry sectors

MSE students will be ready to build their careers across a broad spectrum of industries. With an innovative spirit, some MSE graduates have become successful entrepreneurs, helming businesses that are making an impact in Singapore and beyond. 



A snapshot of your undergraduate journey

Road map of the life of a MSE student. For more information, refer to MSE Curriculum page.


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MSE Specialisations

MSE offers six niche specialisations. These specialisations allow students to pursue greater depth in a chosen area that value add to their degree.
Please refer to this page for more information.



Follow your passion! Choose from among various programmes in MSE.

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Outreach flagship events

Discover the fascinating world of materials and how they are engineered to create human-centred solutions through talks, fun booth activities, and hands-on laboratory workshops.
Test your creativity, problem-solving skills and teamwork while learning about materials science and engineering concepts by tacking a given problem statement. Experience the unique MSE education and peek into cool research projects through exciting hands-on laboratory activities and tours.Explore why Materials Engineering is the right programme to propel you to your career of choice through sharing by professors, students and alumni.


Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Prospective Students

Besides being one of the largest Materials Engineering programme in the world, Materials Science in NTU is ranked #1 by the US News Global Universities Rankings and #6 by QS World University Rankings by Subject. Her large and diverse faculty allows students to leverage on the expertise of our internationally-renowned professors in the field of Materials Engineering. You will also be in the company of a larger cohort that translates to a larger industry network because of our alumni numbers.

In addition, NTU MSE offers the Work-Study Degree programme, an opportunity to connect you to industries as early as possible, and for a longer duration.  Aside from work terms with companies, you will be undertaking an industry-sponsored final year project.

MSE students have the advantage of gaining a degree that offers adaptability for employment across a range of industries. The robustness of the programme provides graduates with in-depth knowledge in fundamental sciences and engineering. Through this, our graduates value-add to the industry and the future economy by filling the gaps of other engineering disciplines. In addition, materials engineers provide expertise in materials for real-world applications that forms the foundation of products and services offered by many industries.

Academic Matters

Information about the curriculum is available in the MSE Website.

You may read about MSE courses and what you will learn in each class in our website.

Course summary:

We also recommend “Stuff Matters” by Mark Miodownik, to find out more about materials science, which is available in the National Library.

The School’s Academic Office will send an email to all students before they begin their semester with information on bridging courses. Module summaries and suggested readings are also available on the MSE website.

Refresher courses for freshmen (Math and Physics) are conducted by College of Engineering (CoE). The lessons normally commence around July (in-person or e-learning). More information will be released by CoE at a later date.

Additionally, for MSE students, all freshmen will be enrolled on a preparatory course on topics relevant to MSE. More information on the preparatory course will be sent around mid-July

The Professional Internship is a compulsory core module at Year 3 which is approximately 20 weeks. The Professional Attachment is a shorter work-term with companies that students could opt to take during the special semesters which are approximately 10 weeks.
The Career and Attachment Office (CAO) and School’s Academic Office will provide students with the relevant information about internship opportunities and procedure for application. An internship portal will be used to help students apply and secure internship placements. Internship is mandatory for all NTU MSE students.
FYP is a project that is undertaken individually. The School’s Academic Office will provide a list of topics offered by faculty. Students may select a topic and subsequently contact the professor in-charge. Alternatively, they may choose to continue their FYP with their internship company.

Materials Engineering with a 2nd Major in Entrepreneurship has been offered from AY2021/22.

Students may also take elective modules that focus on entrepreneurship. In addition, the Nanyang Technopreneurship Center (NTC) equips its students with the requisite knowledge and skills in entrepreneurship competence through the Overseas Entrepreneurship Programme (OEP) for undergraduates.

Students can hone their entrepreneurial mindset and skills by submitting a project in the annual Ian Ferguson Innovation Challenge. These are projects that are relevant to materials science and engineering. Teams must demonstrate creativity and provide original and practical solutions to an engineering problem. Link

The course exemption(s) will be available after matriculation. It will be subject to the School’s approval. More information will be provided during freshmen orientation.


It is approximately 80 weeks of on-the-job training with companies that is integrated into the 4-year undergraduate curriculum. It is aimed at enhancing students’ readiness for the workplace upon graduation. Students learn on the job, develop soft skills and cultivate an understanding of real-world practices through multiple internships (professional internship and professional attachments), culminating in an industry-sponsored final year project. MSE is the only engineering School in NTU that offers the WSDeg for its main/flagship programme – Bachelor of Engineering (Materials Engineering). Matriculated students can apply for the Work Study Degree Programme in Year 2.
Students typically go for semester exchange in Year 3. Office of Global Education and Mobility (OGEM) offers long- and short-term exchange programmes to overseas university partners in Americas, Europe, ASEAN, China, India, and Asia-Pacific. Career & Attachment Office (CAO) lists opportunities for overseas internship and Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre offers the Overseas Entrepreneurship Programme. MSE also informs students of overseas internships or short global exposure activities such as international competitions and week-long cultural exchanges.

Career Prospects

The overall employment rate for 2022 graduates is 94.9% (Source: Graduate Employment Survey 2022)

MSE students have the advantage of gaining a degree that gives adaptability to work in different types of industries as the programme combines all fundamental sciences and engineering.

  • Aerospace / Defense
  • Biotechnology / Pharmaceuticals
  • Consumer Business
  • Energy & Chemicals
  • Electronics / Electronics Manufacturing
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Public Service
  • Oil & Gas
  • Renewables & Sustainability
  • Research & Development
Materials Engineer, Production Engineer, Quality Control/Assurance Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Research Officer/Manager, Technical Services Manager, Development Scientist, Technology Manager, Structural Engineer, R&D Engineer.


The minimum subject requirements for A-level, IB, international and other qualifications, as well as acceptable polytechnic diplomas are available in the NTU Admissions website. https://www.ntu.edu.sg/admissions/undergraduate/admission-guide
Minimum physics requirement is needed for 2nd major in Medical Biology and 2nd major in Pharmaceutical Engineering.

For polytechnic diploma qualification, applicants can apply based on eligible diploma as listed in the NTU Admissions website. There are no additional subject requirements.
The Indicative Grade Profile (IGP) varies year to year based on cohort size and their profiles. This information is available on the NTU Admissions website.
From Academic Year 2026, polytechnic diploma graduates will be matriculated into Year 1, and they may enjoy course exemptions when they apply for related degree programmes at NTU. 
With such exemptions, you may get to graduate ahead of your peers – one or two semesters earlier. Alternatively, you can consider expanding your knowledge and deepening your skills further during the 4-year candidature period by taking up electives to pursue a second major, minor, work-study position, or a semester overseas to enhance your future employability and broaden your global network.
From Academic Year 2026, polytechnic diploma graduates will be matriculated into Year 1. Eligible students are entitled to subsidised fees under the MOE Tuition Grant for the normal course duration, i.e. four years for Engineering courses.
Students who complete their degree course one year or one semester earlier need not pay tuition fees for the remaining duration in Year 4. In the event of early completion or withdrawal, the student remains liable for any outstanding unpaid course fees.  

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